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HEI contributes to Aloha For Philippines

HONOLULU – In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Hawaiian Electric Industries—along with its subsidiaries Hawaiian Electric, Hawai‘i Electric Light, Maui Electric, and American Savings Bank—contributed $100,000 to the Filipino Community Center (FilCom Center), as part of the Aloha For Philippines relief efforts. The donation from the HEI Charitable Foundation was doubled to $200,000 by the Consuelo Foundation, which has pledged to match up to $2 million in donations.

“Through HEI’s generous contribution and our partnership with the FilCom Center, we will be able to provide much-needed relief and secure more aid for disaster-stricken victims in the Philippines,” said Jon Matsuoka, president and CEO of the Consuelo Foundation.

In addition to the $100,000 donation, the HEI Charitable Foundation matched personal donations made by employees of HEI and its subsidiaries to relief efforts. Alternatively, donations made directly to the FilCom Center were matched by the Consuelo Foundation.

“We appreciate the good work of the Consuelo Foundation in partnership with the FilCom Center to support this humanitarian cause,” said HEI president and CEO Connie Lau, who has seen the devastation first hand during a recent trip to the Philippines. “Our thoughts are with the people impacted by this devastating disaster – those in the Philippines and their families here in Hawai‘i.”

As part of the Aloha For Philippines relief efforts, HEI subsidiary American Savings Bank partnered with the other 10 Hawaii Bankers Association member banks—Bank of Hawaii, Bank of the Orient, Central Pacific Bank, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, Home Street Bank, Ohana Pacific Bank, Pacific Rim Bank and Territorial Savings Bank—to launch a statewide collection campaign. Because of this coordinated effort, Hawaii residents were able to contribute monetary donations at any branch with any bank on any island. In collaboration with the Hawaii Bankers Association, this initiative was spearheaded by HEI’s Corporate & Community Advancement division.

Monies raised from Aloha For Philippines were either donated to the Hawaii Red Cross or the FilCom Center. Through this initiative and other fundraising efforts, the Red Cross raised more than $1 million from Hawaii residents. The FilCom Center collected about $700,000, and contributed their donations to the Consuelo Foundation, which matched those donated funds. The Consuelo Foundation recently launched Project H.O.P.E. (Haiyan Operations for Protection & Empowerment), committing more than $3.3 million to help disaster victims regain their livelihoods and rebuild their communities. To learn more about Project H.O.P.E., please visit their blog at www.projecthopeph.com.

For additional information, please contact:

A.J. Halagao
HEI Director of Corporate & Community Advancement
Aloha For Philippines Coordinator
(808) 543-5889
ajhalagao@hei.com

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